Who is Jesus to you? - Third Way
in a senior paper about their questions about and relationship with Jesus. . I don't see it being as much of a problem for me as a white person to image a. Most people fail to see how God wants to use problems for good in their lives. only learn the value of something - health, money, a relationship - by losing it. God often uses the messy conflict-ridden relationships in our lives to and Paul Tripp explore the stubborn problems that plague many close relationships. It asks the basic questions, “Who are we, and how important are our relationships?.
So God in his mercy and grace will unfold it to you over time, as you grow more able to accept it--or recognize it. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes God wants to know if we are really serious about what we are praying for.
- Who is Jesus to you?
Have we really thought this request through, or is it something that just occurred offhand and that we will lose interest in soon? Remember that God already knows what we want and what we need, so our prayers are at least in part for our own benefit, to let us and God know how earnest, committed, focused, and prioritized we are. If you are willing to keep praying for something for awhile, God knows then that you are really serious. May it be on sale today.
If you are praying for something big, such as a change in government in a country where the people are oppressed by a cruel and selfish dictator, you might need to pray for some time and enlist others to join you. If you just pray once when you first hear about the situation, God may suspect you are less serious than you should be.
I'm speaking generally here, because of course, a single prayer can be effective, for God hears all our prayers, short or long, repeated or single. So, for example, if you read about a homeless person on the opposite coast, don't hesitate to offer a prayer for that person. Sometimes the answer is No.
You wouldn't respond with a Yes if your diabetic child asked for a heavily sugared drink or bowl of candy. Remember that all relationships are built on trust, so if you want a relationship with God, you have to trust him.
And, of course, sometimes the answer is simply a plain, old, inscrutable No. You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures. God knows when we need to rethink what we are asking for before he gives us a favorable answer. You know the drill: You pray, "Lord, please move this mountain from in front of me," when the Lord is waiting for you to pray, "Lord, help me to climb this mountain.
You pray that God will keep a coworker away from you because he or she is a time robber. You go to lunch with the coworker, discover some issues, and help the coworker, who now can rely on several others for help now God answers Yes. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Once again, had you known all that God knows, you never would have asked for that request.
For some reason, this answer makes me think of broken love relationships. People sometimes pray that God will deliver a cetain person into their hands and hypnotize them into a romantic attachment, tooand when that doesn't happen, they are distraught.
But a few years later, when they learn how that other person turned out, they are really grateful for the negative response by God. Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand. God can work any kind of miracle he wants, but I've noticed in my own life at least, that he doesn't suspend the laws of physics in order to get me to an appointment on time.
Self-indulgent prayers like, "Lord, make Jane love me," or "Lord, take the dent out of the car," or "Lord, don't let this huge piece of triple chocolate frosted cake add to my weight," will very likely get the Stop Being Ridiculous answer they deserve. Now, it's not being ridiculous to pray for "small" things. Praying for your stomach ache to go away is perfectly fine; praying for your little dog to get well is fine, too. Don't be like them.
Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Sure, we are all impatient to have our prayers answered right away. But for his purposes—and often for our own growth—the answer is sometimes Wait.
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They react foolishly and resent their problems rather than pausing to consider what benefit they might bring. Here are five ways God wants to use the problems in your life: Problems often point us in a new direction and motivate us to change. Is God trying to get your attention? Has God ever tested your faith with a problem?
What do problems reveal about you? When you have many kinds of troubles, you should be full of joy, because you know that these troubles test your faith, and this will give you patience. It's likely that as a child your parents told you not to touch a hot stove.
A Personal Relationship with God?
There are a lot of Christians, however, who have a problem with the idea -- people I have a lot of respect for. Rob Bellfor example, correctly points out that the phrase is not found in the Bible. But then again, neither is the word "Trinity. So what's the problem? For Brian McLarenthe problem is the stress on "personal" relationship and "personal" salvation.
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The original intent of stressing the personal was to distinguish it from an impersonal relationship like the orbital relationship of the moon to the earthand stress that faith is not something we are born into by default, but involves us personally. It needs to be lived.
The problem, as McLaren points out, is that the idea of something being "personal" also has an individualistic self-focus to it: As a result, faith becomes focused on us as individuals -- a focus on personal morality, personal prayer, personal Bible study. The idea of a personal relationship with God should not be taken to mean a privatized faith. If we really took the idea of relationship seriously, we would recognize that faith understood as relationship needs to be both personal and social.
A relational faith, by its very definition, is inherently social. As the epistle of John so powerfully says, "if we say we love God, but do not love our brother, then we are deceiving ourselves.
While salvation begins personally and intimately, it cannot end in a myopic self-focused faith. Genuine personal relationship with God must flow over into all of our relationships -- caring for the least, loving our enemies, and showing the fruit of that genuine personal connection.
How could it not?